ESTEVAN – Several members of the Estevan Bruins have received an introduction to the world of policing through a police academy program offered by the Estevan Police Service.
Const. Braden Lonsberry with the EPS said he has been trying to get this going for a few years, but it didn’t work out. He approached the EPS administration earlier this year, and they gave him the green light.
Bruins head coach and general manager Jason Tatarnic also gave his blessing.
Lonsberry said it’s based on a program offered in Moose Jaw between that city’s police force and the Western Hockey League’s Warriors team.
“Usually there are six or seven players, but it’s the same players each session that come. We looked at the 20-year-olds and the leadership group, and then go from there,” said Lonsberry.
The first session was an introduction, a tour of the building and a chance for the players and the officers to become acquainted.
Subsequent get-togethers included a drug and alcohol impaired driving presentation, courtesy of an officer who is a drug recognition expert and a traffic officer.